Fontaine Fifth Wheel has introduced its new LWB lightweight slide bracket assembly.
Fontaine says the new assembly replaces the company’s ATB slide and will provide additional weight savings without sacrificing strength.
“We’ve designed the LWB to be lighter than its predecessor without sacrificing capacity or strength,” says Aaron Puckett, Fontaine Fifth Wheel director of fleet sales. “Our R&D team used computer-aided design to develop this bracket’s smaller footprint that uses steel reinforcement in key areas to provide greater durability and strength. As a result, the LWB is more robust than the ATB slide.”
The LWB accepts a variety of Fontaine No-Slack top plates, including model 6000 stamped steel, model 7000 cast steel and model 7000CC cast steel, low-lube, the company says. Mounting heights start at an industry low of 6 and 3/4 inches and go up to 10 and 1/4 inches.
Fontaine says the LWB’s Quad-Lock four-point locking system increases the locking surface area to provide greater stability and improved wear characteristics. The 2-in. increment positioning capability also is said to provide greater versatility for improved payload distribution. Fontaine says the LWB is rated up to 55,000 lbs. vertical load and 150,000 lbs. drawbar pull rating.